A Drop in the Bucket

Will Walker is such a common name.  It's a good thing the author of the writing on the back of this framed photo booth picture included a location. Still, much of Mr. Walker's life is a mystery.  Born on February 13, 1880, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Will was living in Phoenix, Arizona before he landed in... Continue Reading →

Lorrayne Goff

Lorrayne Goff (1922-2009) Look at those victory rolls! Lorrayne was the daughter of Granville and Nancy (Duncan) Goff. She was born and raised in Williamson, West Virginia.  Her father was in the department store business and her mother was a seamstress. Lorrayne married Salvatore Corea.  They had one son, Larry.  

And the Beet Goes On

  These are two more treasured photos I picked up from JakeRoebucks.  Be sure to visit often if you love old photos as they are always adding more.  They have mystery lots too, which are super fun! These two young women were Mollie and Martha Sitzman.  If it weren't for the house number being visible... Continue Reading →

The Kotecki Cliffhanger

These vintage snapshots were found together.  Winslow Deruke on the left and Stella and John Kotecki on the right. Without the last name given, it wasn't easy to identify our sitter.  But I found Leo Winslow Derucke in the 1915 Jersey City directory residing at 143 Hopkins Ave.  Winslow was 24 years old at the... Continue Reading →

Mother said Pointing was Rude

I picked up this 1860s tintype on eBay.  I'm always a sucker for a great group photo and love the interesting angle this was shot at.  Where on earth was the photographer set up in order to capture it?  Was it taken from an upper story of a neighboring building? Three people were pointing at... Continue Reading →

The Freibergers

Thomas Freiberger and Anna (nee Brockmann) on their wedding day, May 18, 1921, in Casco, Missouri.  Luckily, this was found among photos which provided a general location that the identifying writing did not. It appears Thomas has scarring on his face and hands which might have been the result of serious burns.  However, I wasn't... Continue Reading →

Play it by Ear

Our sitter looks to be in her early teens and based on the young woman's fashion I date this CDV (carte de visite) to the early 1870s.  The photographer, Luman F. Heath, operated studios in Lansing and North Lansing from 1865 to 1903. I believe the writing penned on the reverse reads "Clara Keith" although... Continue Reading →

Susie Who

Although I was unable to identify this carte de visite (CDV) I wanted to share it in case a relative might someday happen upon it.  Written on the reverse "Susie died July 6th 1867."  The photographer was Thompson Gallery in Albany, New York. Known as The Sun Picture Tax, the government placed a luxury tax on... Continue Reading →

She Called Him Fadie

I got this great 1961 identified snapshot in a mystery lot from the Etsy shop JakeRoebucks.  If you love old photos I suggest you check it out. With the unusual middle name of Shira, Madge Jackson was easy to identify.  Born in 1954 to Betty (nee Shira), Madge graduated from Jeffersontown High School in Jeffersontown,... Continue Reading →

How I Love Thee…or not

Henry C. Thee, 31, of Warrenton, Missouri, and Adelia (nee Meyers), 20, of Washington, Missouri tied the knot in 1929 at the St. Peter's Parsonage. This wedding day photo sure paints a grim picture of the couples' affection.  Yikes!  Let's hope they were head over heels in love and what we are seeing here is... Continue Reading →

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